Childhood is a loooot of things. The school, the toy stores, asking mom for everything... This photo is from a toy store window in San Francisco's Chinatown, a fascinating and very photogenic place. The picture has been cropped,the saturation levels changed and I used a little sharpen filter, all with Photoshop.
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This is at an odd angle. I'm not saying it's bad, or good. I haven't figured that out yet. I am curious as to why you chose this angle. Sometimes different is good. Sometimes it makes you feel like you're going to slide out of your chairl. I think it's ok for this photo. The yellow of the bus stands out well with the greys/whites and blacks of the rest of the photo. I wish there wasn't glare and reflection on the boxes in the background, but probaby couldn't be avoided, especially since this looks like it was taken through glass to begin with. You definately caught the childhood in this photo. Good luck in the challenge.
I find the reflections in the window distracting (though they may be exactly the element the next person adores, so just my preference). Like the angle - feels like when you're walking past a shop and trying to linger, being dragged along forward and getting that last longing glimpse over your shoulder. 5, Kavey
The distortion in this image reminds me of being underwater. I do like the relative gray of everything but the school bus -- a natural effect rather than a saturation adjustment -- but it's a bit eerie. No fault there, really, but it doesn't invoke a sense of childhood for me. Mine was bright.